Proceedings of The Physiological Society

Europhysiology 2018 (London, UK) (2018) Proc Physiol Soc 41, PCA084

Poster Communications

Designing "ion channel in health and disease" teaching in "Biology of Disease" module according to students' ability

L. Shang1

1. Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Bradford, Bradford, United Kingdom.


Four components were designed in "ion channel in health and disease" teaching of year 3 "Biology of Disease" module to help students learning according to student's level and ability. 1) Tailoring lecturing to different student levels. This design focused on different needs of students. I particularly paid attention to lecturing materials to meet students in different levels. The lecture consist basic knowledge, additional reading and further specific discussion. 2) Inspiring students' passion and thinking. This design aimed to increase students' passion for research and to form their thinking of how to start a new topic from scratch. The lecture particularly included three Nobel Winners' stories in ion channel research history to make student thinking in a logical order of ion channel research development. 3) Applying lecturing into practice. This design emphasised on students' engagement and to provide a chance for them to practice. I designed poster presentation exercise for student to choose freely an ion channel topic to give a presentation. This really stimulated students to initiate their "own research" in understanding the teaching 4) Combining research with teaching. This design forecasted to escalate students who are keen to approach their studies further to learn practical skills in real. I designed some small projects from my own research for those students to have a chance to learn skills. This provided an opportunity for them to get real sense of the skills taught and would boost their understanding of the topic. It is an appropriate way to prepare them for future studies more readily. Feedback from students were very positive and meet different needs from all levels from students. They felt stimulated and some of them have moved on to the field of ion channel studies.

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